The Lost Art of Letter-writing

Oh, my. I came across this TED video yesterday and as soon as I watched it, I knew I had to share it with you.

This short video made my cry. You see, in this video, Lakshmi Pratury talks about the letters her father for her before he passed away. Besides my compassion for her loss, her words touched me because they brought back some memories.

As someone who loves to write (no surprise there!), I used to write a lot of letters. Of course, those were the days before email, instant messages, and Twitter. In particular, I would write to one of my cousins almost weekly and I looked forward to her response. Then, when I spent time discerning a religious vocation (that may be a surprise to you!), I wrote my parents and family once a month and my friends a little less frequently. I tell you, I cherished the letters I received from my mom! They somehow got lost over the years, but I wish so much that I still had them. (Even today, I still insist on sending physical Christmas cards!)

This video reminds me that the need for the physical is important. Emails and the digital world is great (and I will never give them up), but there is something special getting a letter that someone took the time to write, fold and send through the snail mail. It sure beats bills and adverts!

Lakshmi Pratury wants to start an old fashioned letter-writing revolution. She plans to write for her son, and I think it is a great idea. So, I’m in. How about you? You in?

Goals for 2016

Several years ago, I stopped making “resolutions” and started creating specific, action-oriented goals. Maybe it was the change in terminology or maybe a change in perspective, I don’t know, but doing that made a huge difference for me.

I think the problem was that they resolutions were too general. I would start out great but then after a couple of months I would abandon them with frustration and feeling like a failure. However, when I started writing goals, I would do my best to be as specific as possible and use a checklist as I completed them. What a difference it made! No, it didn’t go perfectly all the time (nothing does!) but seeing the visual progress on the checklist helped me to keep going and I accomplished more than I ever thought I would.

My Goals for 2016

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Therefore, of course, I am continuing that practice for 2016. I have some personal goals I want to accomplish but I also have some specific business goals, too. I share them here in hopes that they will inspire you as you think about and create your own goals for the new year:

1. Officially launch my author/writing business

2. Write and publish one guest post per month

3. Create at least two videos or video series per month

4. Read at least one business or writing book per month

5. Post to social media at least 3x per week (Mostly to Facebook & LinkedIn, I think.)

6. Post to carolda.com at least 2 times per week.

7. Join 2 support groups/master minds and attend at least one virtual/on site conference this year

I think seven to ten goals are plenty to start with. I will probably revise or add to these as the year goes by. I am also planning to do an update in June to help keep me accountable.

What are your goals for 2016? Do share in the comments!

Awesome Authors: Maria Andros Buckley

*This post is part of the write 31 days writing challenge.

Maria Andros Buckley isn’t an author in the sense that she hasn’t written a book (to my knowledge); however, I am including her in my write 31 days series because if you are an author, writer, or blogger who wants to build a successful business, you will want to get to know Maria. This is especially true if you want to use video to build and grow your business.

Awesome Authors: Maria Andros Buckley

I don’t remember how I came across Maria but I have been following her for a long time. She gives spot-on business advice through her videos. A while back I purchased her Six Figure Video Impact program and it was amazing. It is a step-by-step program for using video in your business and it is full of practical tips and suggestions. At the time, I was back in college to finish my bachelors degree but now that I am done, I am revisiting the program and creating a plan to put the concepts into action.

If you are interested in using video for business, I highly recommend Maria Andros Buckley.

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